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Jakarta Post

Sinaga case: What Indonesia can learn from the UK in handling sexual violence

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 10, 2020   /  07:04 pm
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An undated handout photograph released by Greater Manchester Police on Monday shows Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga. (AFP/ GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE)

Before Sunday, almost no one heard about Reynhard Sinaga, an Indonesian student who has been living in Manchester, the United Kingdom, since 2007. For two past years, a Greater Manchester Police investigation team and prosecutors worked in silence as they scrutinized Reynhard’s role in one of the most shocking sexual assault cases in UK criminal history. Journalists attended the case’s four trial hearings but were restricted from publishing a word about it to ensure that Reynhard would have a fair trial and with the thought of protecting his victims. The world finally learned about Reynhard the day the Manchester Crown Court sentenced him to 88 concurrent life sentences, finding him guilty of sexually assaulting and drugging 48 men in his apartment in the English city. Investigators had found evidence in the form of video recordings that Reynhard had made himself as he ...